Category Archives: Social Franchising Accelerator

Lessons from a Social Franchising Accelerator

Over the past 18 months, the Bertha Centre and its partners have been running the world’s first Social Franchising Accelerator. The accelerator helped four successful impact enterprises to scale up by enabling others to deliver their proven model. Each of … Continue reading

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Pursuing a career in Impact Investing ?

Have you had a sneaking suspicion that we can use finance more effectively to solve some of our pressing social challenges? If so, perhaps it is time to consider impact investing as a career path! Impact investing refers to investments … Continue reading

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What we’re learning – What are the merits and challenges of social franchising as a model for replication?

Although one method of reaching scale, social franchising as a model for replication presents a number of merits as it emphasises standardisation for the purpose of ensuring the quality delivery of a service or product to the end beneficiary: For … Continue reading

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What we’re learning – What refinments would make the Accelerator even more effective?

This is a difficult question to answer as the implementation phase of the project is just beginning, but there certainly is merit in our asking this question throughout the different elements of the SFA. So far, we’ve been able to … Continue reading

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What we’re learning – What could be the challeges of scaling the Accelerator?

Last time, we shared our initial thoughts on how we might go about scaling the SFA model either as it currently is, or replicating the different elements of the Accelerator’s support package. While there are opportunities to scale the Accelerator … Continue reading

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What we’re learning – How can the Accelerator be scaled to regions/sectors, or be integrated into broader systems?

It’s been just over six months since the Social Franchising Accelerator (SFA) was launched in January! With more than half the journey complete, we’ve paused to think about the journey so far, what early lessons we can extract from each … Continue reading

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A tailor-made social franchise expansion for our pilot organisations

With all the of the preparatory work and training around social franchising completed, the month of June saw us kick-off the one-to-one consultancy support segment of the SFA. As part of the technical assistance provided through the consultancy support, each … Continue reading

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Not three, but four!

Another exciting milestone has been reached by the Social Franchising Accelerator this week – we’ve selected our pilot organisations for the remainder of the project. Even more exciting is that instead of three organisations, we’ve ended up with four amazing … Continue reading

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The world’s first Social Franchising Accelerator Workshop!

Last week, the 10 organisations selected to attend the Accelerator’s social franchising workshop joined the project partners for an intensive week-long training at the UCT Graduate School of Business. Facilitated by Annie Baptiste from Franchising Plus and the team from … Continue reading

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And we have our 10!

After a week of individual screening and peer reviewing, we’ve finally selected the ten organisations who will be joining us for the Social Franchising Workshop at the end of May! Certainly, this is a significant milestone for the project as … Continue reading

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